Dr. Stephanie Shonekan

Session #3: How it Feels to be Free: Black Lives Matter and Music

Stephanie Shonekan is Professor of Music and Associate Dean of the College of Arts
and Science at the University of Missouri. In 2003, she earned a PhD in
Ethnomusicology and Folklore with a minor in African American Studies from Indiana
University. From 2003-2011, she taught at Columbia College Chicago, and from 2011-
2018, she was a faculty member at the University of Missouri in the Black Studies
Department and the School of Music. From 2015-2018, she was chair of the
Department of Black Studies at the University of Missouri.  She served as professor and
chair of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst
from 2018-2020. Her dual heritage combining West Africa with the West Indies allows
her to straddle the black world comfortably.  She has published articles on afrobeat,
Fela Kuti, as well as American and Nigerian hip-hop.  Her publications explore the
intersection where identity, history, culture and music meet. Her books include  The Life
of Camilla Williams, African American Classical Singer and Opera Diva (2011),Soul,
Country, and the USA: Race and Identity in American Music Culture (2015), Black Lives
Matter & Music (2018), and Black Resistance in the Americas (2018).

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